Friday, August 29, 2014

My Eighth Chemo Costume: Pretty in Steampunk

Wow! I can't believe I'm two-thirds done with chemo treatments. Hallelujah!

This treatment's costume theme: Steampunk! (Because I'll never tire of steampunk.)

My blood counts were, well not exactly "normal" per se, but decent enough to continue with chemo #8.

Despite taking anti-anxiety/anti-nausea meds prior to arriving at the infusion center, I still experienced anticipatory nausea and vomiting. Yup, it's a real thing that 29% and 11% of chemo patients experience, respectively. (I feel so lucky!) I'm glad I skipped breakfast, otherwise that blue, plastic barf bag would have been more full.

My nurse used a slightly different strategy when accessing my port this time. Whenever the nurses access my port they have to flush it out with saline. For a while I wondered if that incited—or at least exacerbated—my nausea. My nurse explained that some patients have a reaction to the saline when it comes in prepackaged syringes, which is what they had been using for me. This time she filled an empty syringe with saline from a bulk container and it made a difference. Less nausea this time!

While my two anti-nausea pre-meds were getting infused, I mustered up enough energy to take some photos.

I have to give a shoutout to my friend Stephanie F., who sent me the adorable beige skirt that served as the inspiration for my creation. The original skirt was too small. Of course, that didn't stop me from finding a way to fix it. 

One straight cut down the back, sew on a few extra inches of fabric, cover with a beautiful bustle. Easy peasy.

I made the mini top hat from cereal box cardboard, fabric, and ribbons. It's so cute! I love it!

Oops! Slipped! You know what they say when you fall...

Stand up and continue to be fabulous!!!

I also have to give a shoutout to my friend Christine F. who made the one-of-a-kind necklace I'm wearing. 
You can find more of Chris's creations through Punkenstein Jewelry (awesome name!)

After pictures, it was time for chemo. I sat back and meditated while the chemo worked its…well, I wouldn't call it "magic," but it's working. Only four more treatments to go!

Steam On!

How to make bustles:

Child's skirt with bustle (The inspiration for altering my skirt)
Neo Victorian Easy Bustle Tutorial
The Incredibly Easy Bustle Skirt

How to make a mini top hat:
Mini Top Hat Tutorial (My hat is a modified version of this pattern.)